Jesse H. Carpenter.

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'>Vilh j^ood iiillnerieo aroimil and about lleui, eoiipled wit., the pairi(dii'
WISH coaii.sels of the vel-eran whoui they now huuoi- by name, the f at uj-e ol I his
camp appCiU-s brij. ., .


OIuirl<^^i^ i^- Kinney

S{^N,S ( )\' \ in'F. K ANS C iVM V N( ). 134.



t'-ipt. C'liarU's 1'. Kinucy liad tUc faculty l" win llic (•oKrulciuH; of all ^vith
hIiuiu ho came- in contafi, aiul of laakiii^' sloadfast friends. Such f i-iciid.-.liii)
was hiB dnriii'^ lifo, c.-sin-cialy by I ui; old soldii-rs soils in lli>'.. \iriHity of iMul/^
Coiui-i'.do Kinm-y's l,oylu,o>l homo. In him vns alwayr, fouml a .syuipalhctic
i'lii'iid and (•iiuiis(4'.:r. in rfinciinlxM-anci^ of t hcM' iiualilir.^ Iom-cUut with liis
hoiioraliid i-,-.i-..rd a:, a (lili/.dii and s.iUlit-r, his yoin\;^- fi i(nds n(.w honor him hy
I,, :,anii- liio woiiiL 'liny do !i,)ma;r<' lo a \so,'lhy man, a .soldier, ami cdj/.iii,
who v.a. - . v.i'll ami lavoralile Itm.svn in the comdy.

Kinni-y C'amii was charloroil May L'hlh, iH.-iS, wilh It charier niember.s.
('ircinndaiuHS w>^rti somewhal against tlie hoys Ihi; hrsl yt;ar, Inil
they si ill hold tlieir charier and organization wilh this enroih d niendiership.

IJrooks, ,r.
H:iftler, William
Guise, D.
Guodalft, 15.
lliuid, E.
M(ji'ey, G.
Porter, I]. K.

J'urter, A.
I'owers, 1).
Hubinson, J.
Htowe, VV. E.
Williams, E.
Wright, E.
Wright, (Joorge

The folltjwing were chosen ofRcers for 388S and continued I'ui I88t);
Captain, PI K. Portor; let Lieut., D. (iuise; L'ud Lieut., K. Hand; Orderly
Sergeant, 13. (ioudale; Q. M. Sergeant, E. Williams.




(lllAltLI'.S l'\ KINM'.Y,

().\l'l'\tN (It). A I ll H I M'

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I liavo bidi iiquisltd to relatt; the Bceiics and occurtiictH of my luiiiy litis,
I e.-ipicialy at ill* tiuiu I was woundod. I had se(Mi jiiaiiy nhaip liorco cavalry
coiitlicts, lirsl in MeChUioiiB DraguoiiH; and last an buigiaiit in Cu. K 71h Iiid.
Cav. ill which 1 cxpciionccd the fuliowiiiy i-Diniiiisceucu.

Ill l''cb., iHGi, our anny wa.s moving uu a great raid into Missiariij)i)i. I wa.s
j;ivcii a squadof men to l>uin IniiklingH and property of worth to the enemy,
mills, htonhousis, graiiioru-.s, elc. In pabniiig through JJolly Springs wo l)Urncd
it Ilium to the ground, one vcr^ nice I ;5 run stoue grist mill went to ashe.s.

Tliirt part ol the south en to ligyi)t Hlatien was full of cribs of jerked corn
and tobacco and warehouses of gram, all was distroyed l)y hie to keep it from
the rebels. Early one morning we were routed out by lieavy picket tiring, ihe
Johnnies thouglit we had gone far enough and done enough. We had, for they
made it quite a lively picnic in licking us back. We luid to run and light on
the retreat, many of tlie boys knows how that goes, to stop and check the
enemy, '-uu and do the same thing over ut the next good place you can find.
All went will with mc unUl the afternoon of Felj. L'2d, 1804, on what waa called
tht; Joy farm near Okalona, iMi.-^s., we made a nice litth; charge on the Johnnieb
whom we found l.iying behind a big fence and we wen forced to gig back. In
looking at them on our retreat 1 was bhot through thv nose and left clunik by
an explosive ball that sent me wliirlling. I knev, tlial 1 wanud to get back at
once, although Ijadly wounded I wanted my hat and started for it, but the Ji,hn-

nies raised a yell, it rings in my ears yet, '"Let it lay you son of a b ." I did

so by telling them what to do with it, and started on a run without li hat. Music
of minie balls, yells, with the Jonnies after me I tarried not, two balls went
through my clothes just enough lo burn the skin. I got away and come out
at my own com[)any. Si;rgeant Eldridgo caught a hoise for me which, I rode
until the boys gtjt mules, rope harness and an old carriage. I rode for tliree
days iWd nights to CoUiersville, sent- to Memjihis the next day, iiad my wounds
dressed, amT something to eat for the first after being wounded. I stayed at
Memphis three months, got ;;o days furlough for home, and wilh the pretty
face the Johnnies had given ine married my l> girl, went back and snived
my time, came home and we now have one son and four daughters, and one
grand child that takes the cake.

I belong to tlie (j. A. K. my good wife to the W. U. C ami my son to the
Sons of Veterans. 1 l<*ve nnd enjoy post meetings and reunions. 1 and mine
honor the iWth of May, we devote in strewing einbloms of respect and romem-
berance of my comrades, especialy of those who were shot by my side or
winmded, or sickend by di.-^ease, died, and never returned. I thank my God
ioi- my safe delivennce then, and ids constant mercy since.
Yours in F. C. ik L.

liAlFAYKi'Tli liUltlU'.TT. ("o. K. 7'ril InL>. CaV.


'Ah Skkn jiY Mauvin H. BuTr.KU, Lst Fjikut. Vo. A 41111 Ind. Vol.

The 44th Ind. bivuuacetl on tlie Nashville Pike on the evoiiiiig of the 30th
of Dec, 18<)2. Here we nuidc our buJs rtnd rapped our.selves up m our blaukets
and laid down and 8h'i>t fioimdly dreaming of homo and loved ones all
uncoiiiiciouH that on the morrow this place would be a noted battle field.

Early the next morning, tlio day of tlio year, our regiment moved to
the front of Gen. Ilo.senerj'.ntz lieadcjuarters. When tlio general came out lie
walked along tlu! regimenlal line and talked cordially to the boys, a.^^rfuring
us that a turriablo battle was pending and urged all to stand by the flag and
their guns and by all means to slioot low. Wliile ho was yet talking to us the
conflict had commenced on the riglil, and on looking in that direction wo
could see that our right wing was gradually giving away, ^^'hile here an order
comes to movii our eoluma (u (he left. After going a short distance heavy
firing <)pened in our rear. Uui- (^oliimii halted a monieni, then started on the
doubhi quick along llie main pike in that direction for fully a mile, reaching
the point, we foiiml that (he ri'.bel calvary iuui captiirei! our bagage train.
Juf<t as we came uj> llie rebels gave way autl went belter skiltt^r aerost
the field urged on by a battery of I'arrott guns tiring dcully vollnys into
th'Ur retreating ranks. All (his time, our rigiil wing had liecn sorely pressed
and had grailuully swung back like a gato U|i<.>ii its hingt\s until it stood at
Iiearly a I'ijjht an;.;le to th(! b.itthi line of tlie moriiiiig.

l''ioiM hen s\(' were nioveil bai'k (Ui tiic (ioiiblo (pock aloij;^ (hi> piivo about
O[)po.sib' ol (ill' I hen reliei rigid and moviil m l/a( ( le line wi(h (>\ir sk inn ishern in
front. \\'e eanu.' to a high fence wlucii we let down in gaps ten or twelvo roijs
)i|Mirt through which we passed and formed our line of battle lying ilown
along the edge of the woods. We had Mcar<rely got our jiosition when we w<M-e
Iniiled liy till' moht terriable fire from the r<lii| linn about Ivm nty roils in front
and ahio from (ho woods on our right. 'I'ln an w.i , (Hll oi (he me:- engm ■> of
4l(<a(.li, ami hhrll 1 from lie ir batd'ries on our i ighl. and trout. Tin', longer the
luitde wagi'd (he ho((er and more (;(»nHi'nt iiidd (tui enniiiy's (ire grew. It was
lin umitjual eou(i>s(. for i>ur single line, wo had (o lidl back or be atiuihiladd.
Our line was withdrawn, leaving our ileati and wiiunded (o ihe mercies of the
oi.Huny, and moved forward again along thu pike wlnTe we were abh^ to i-iuek
the enemy's ailvance and hold our position for Ihe Ijalanee o( Ihe day. 'I'iiat
night we laid on ii iiohl not t<» dream or hlcMtp but to think.

Early on th(! 1- ning of^J an. lst, IHC);!, I he division to whieti the llth wis

! 8i>

attachud moved to the left crossiii^jj the river at the ford and forimd our line
of battle iu the face of the enemy with the i-tth on the extreuie left. Here w«s
remained all day keeping up a constant Hkinniah tire with the enemy, and
as night closed in laid down on the frozen ground to sleep, dnuun, think,
or freeze. Froii; force of cireumHtaaee.s and not from ch(jii;e I froze.

The early morning of the 2nd was (jpened about sunrise by a livitiy artillery
duel between our left wing and the enemy's right, which lasted an hour or
more. For those who were throwing these Hhells it might have been fun,
but for us poor frogs, who watched th-, in, it was death. A>* the artillery duel
subsided a sliarj) skirmisii tire began all along the line which was kept up
until about 2 1'. M. when all became still. The position of the -Itth an stated
above, was on the extreme left and witli a t-trip of high weetls and line brush
and a number of while-oak trees just m fruut. lUyond this strip of brush
was a level plain terminating at tlie foot tjf an uucv* u ridge or hills covered by
oak timber. In this woods the enemy waa massed under the command of
Gen. Beokenridge. The livor abtjut eighty rods iu our rear, a very rapid and
crooked stream, cuts t!ir<nigli the solid rook forming steep banks from live lo
tifteen feet in height. A massed enemy in front, lui support, and only one
small ford U) cross the river was not a very t'nchanling posit icni to be in. From
2 1*. M. to neaily H the stillness was absolutely oi)pressive. But, look! the enemy
is all alive. Their activity resembles tlie swarming of Ixis. Men are gather-
ing together in squads, and companies, reginu'iits are j.ouring down frj)m
their cover in the wood and forming in colunms by divisions at the fut)t of
the hill. What a battle line. How magnitioent and s\ steuiaticly tlnry uiove,
as if inspired by one man and one thought, they come steadily but surely on.

Prior to and while this was going on m front Rosencraniz was not idle.
Froui fifty to seventy-tive piecies of artillery were planted on an elevation
that crowned the river on tlie rear sitie of us and supported by a strong force
of infantry.

'I'he enemy comes. I'he kI illness is yet unbroUen. They In e not a g\in ini( il
they reach a [loint nol more liian lill 'en or Iwenly roil- from our fioni, (lieu
the rebel yell broke foil h followed by mu.sketi ly iiiid aililleiy. 'I'he scen.e
can only be cornprehemled by those who have fell and lie.ud ilie loar aiiil
storm of battU;. 'I lieu solid line of scatering llaiue leaped ilirough llie
t!U)uds of tlriftmg smoke and (illed the air wilh a murderous hail td' shot, shell,
grajie and bullels. ( )ur single line checked this mass of enemies only for a
few m.imenis, p(Mlia|is we lired from three to four rounds, ami then as
the charging columns rolled us back our artillery elevated over us oiiened
their mouths and wh' we crossed the field timre belched fourlh a liie which
shook the very earth So short was the line on wliich it was planted, aud so


nipiil tl\.i iiriiiiMlKil 111.) roai- was lilio Ihc liursdi.^' fmth of a lim^' ji.iit nji
volcani), (T nil luimlrnl llitimlrr slorni:, .•oiic.iil i-al<il in tuu-. Th.: ••^iiiokn
iwUc, I ill t,M-cat ',•!(. ihl.^ aiul liul llic sun. 111.- l>allr ll< w ho tiiicic aial floMi nvt-i-
and liiftmiLl llial il s. ■allied on.' t-ould have e-aii^chl his iiands lull liy lK)ldilig
th.-ni ill positiun. Gr^'Ml, ^t()ius, diil, and d.l.ri.- <>r a!l kinds lill tlio air.
A.S 1 looked across the field a.-, llie sinoko percliaiirn was lifted by tlie breeze
oil either side uere ineii drnt;iiij^' shattered and bleeding,' limbs, holdiiij^' a torn
anil, ewverini( r-nnie ^'a. - tly wound about tlie head or face, fallin^^ and
eallin;; for help, li-iti- and si ru;^^L,'lin^' lo r. aeh llie Kar, .n- fallinf,' all around
lue never to rise a^jiaiii. n)i! I lial Held of I;ail le. I .-ee it in my dreams. lis
devastation raid carnage no lan^nai^,'.' can jnctiire nor no t^reiiius can }.ainl.

Twice I fell from exhau.-lioii. ean.-ed from inhalinj^' the thick powder smoke,
and to save myself from ea|>lure, I Hanked <iV to the ri^dd. -inking' a point
near the river at an old double loj^r huildinj; siirrouiultd by a thick -rowth
. of large tree^. Here I rested for a while, but not long, shells were screaming
through the trees, balls beating against the house like hail, and the rebels wore
extending their line lo the right. ^'o safely or security anywhere, nothing
but to cross the river or be taken pri.soner or shot where I was. 'I'o the river 1
took, leaped down its jneeipilious banlc and struck out into the cold
water uji to my arms and keej.iiig close lo the enemy's hide under the cover
of the steep banks. [ linally reachiHl t ho fi.rd. but was so exhausted when 1
reached the op[io.-ilo side that I had to crawl up the slippery b;uiU on my
hands and knei s and found my place in our own lines.

'I'ho enemy had imw naidieil the river and the climax oi chargt.
Massed lis they were under the concentrated lire of the arlillery and the heavy
line of fresh troops held in reserve and now brought into action at close
range, Breckonridge's columns moiled away, and the hiu vivers lied panic.
striokon from Ihe field leaving their dead and wounded in our hands. The
victory was coinpleie and ours. That night the llih regiment planted its
colors on llui breastworks of tlu^ enemy and laid down lo .-.h < p and dream on
the buttle field.



XHK 1.20tli INIJ. VOL..




On llu! 'J;!rd of NovMiibrr, IHdt, (lie iL'yili Indiana Icfr. Jolmsouville, Tenii.,
Ii; join fiirc-i s wil h ( iiri. Scliolliold who wa-i oiii)o.-,in^' (ho ad%aiK;o of Gen.
liood'b army al I'lila^^ki. Thu ri'^^'inu'iit arrived a( Coluinhiii at ','■ o'cloidv Ihfe
inorniiii^ of llu.' L'lth, ajj^i at day-ii^^hl took a {>o-i(ii>ii ),oi-(li-wisl of C'oJiiiiibia.
W'n vniuiiiR'd then- iiutd tii-arly darl;, when we ui il- ordered (o pileh Uiilfi
iuul Hpeiid thy iiij^ht. \\ C had liardly made <iai.s,i ves conifoitabh-, wljeu we
were ordered to strike teiit.s ami move at once to tlie ri>^ht. Wo marched
rajudly to ilie cast Iv.uiJv of Biyby creek nearly soiltli of our ir'oruitir
position and fonued in line :donf4' its baiilvs, faciu;^ tlic west. IJetails we.rb
imiuediatoly made :ind work eommeiieed to ])re[ia',e Thi> work
continued steadily on until at.iout ','> o'clock in aliernoiin oTlliti 'Jfilh win n work
ceased. 'L'he mi n being very tired conchuled to pahs the ni^ht as couifort-
able as jiossib'.e. but were ai_'-ii]i ordered to nn.iNi-, ami witli a (ioltjred gentlG-
man a.-^ guide started for a m v, posilion near llie r.iilriuui bridgi/. Aflti- a
long march the- guide ,-iiicee( ih d in lo.>ing the I'eginicut in a t-Avanjp. Al this
Col. Zollingi r gi->t hin duleli up /iiid nearly scarf the lifi oul of llie ni;jger, and
then discliarg.ed him. .1. l>. .Muwhooil <if company .\ volnnleered to lead
tlu' regiment out of Ihe wilderness, which In- did in :h<Mt .order. \ lialt was
ma.le. until day li^jht when we foujid ihal we were s.ceaping our lirst positiiui.
.\ line was immedialely formid, oiw right reaching I he railroad a few rijds
frt'm llu> biidgc and facing- Ihe south wesl The biiilding of wtuks again
oiMnmenced .ami euntiiiii'd steiu'ily until ihe night of tlie L'Tlh whm llio
r,.ilroad In idge afler being will lilh d with Ininlier I lom a saw mill close by
wa- set .Hi fire. The regiuR'nt crossed ovt-r c ml lie bridge while it was sliU
bur.iijig. to the north side, iind took a posilJim bac!: «d' the bb'is on the banka
of the river. Day-light sh(*wcd uh the enemy im lic oj/p>i-ile ,-ide <jf (he
rilroi'.m (tceuping our old [>osition. i'or a unui to sh.ow himself was to becomo
a mark to the rebels bullt;ts. And while lyiug here William .lauu-s of com
p:aiy A \vas severely wounded. Tho 28tli and 2!)th until live o'clock in the
aflern.ron was sj)ent m returning rebel shots and building works. ^\'e then
lit Old, toward Nashville for the eu'.iny was on the east, nordi, anil south of us.
We arrived at Spri ■ Iliil al)out Jfirk, bu( Oeii. Schollield ordered Col.
/ollingor witii his CO nand to march back .ibout two miles and guard a


CT>>ns iHiml uiilil rt'lu.'V( il. "We rciiiaiiicd imlil iiraily iiiiilni^li(, wlua (imi. Cox
luid titatr ill [lapsing told the (.•oliuifl (hi'y wtie (lie; riiir of Ihc ftdcral army and
thti ffbs were in, piKriinl. For oiicl« (.'ol. Zollinger diM.lH'\cd orders, \n- not
wailing to b« relicvi'd .started north with liis nginienl. Camji tins oI' IJood'.s
army cxl<'iidfd two Tinlcts or inoto ak)iig our lin(! ol inaich and ( .;.sl of llio piko
for ahoiit half miht, and Wf were oi-oartionally rciiiimicd >>{' thiirmur j.roximily
by now at;d thrn a zip of a niinnio-hall. I'roin hcic to rraidilij, it vas a i^t 11-
mi l] liiniy skurry maifii. Th ■ 12!ith arrivid at Fianklinat ihc Incak of day.
stacked arjn.^ and prt-.pavpd ;i lui.sty l)reakf:;st. W'liile eating, (u-n. Hclioliu'd
rodo up, not rcu;ogni/Jng lis asi th'.i regiment h(' ordered to ilie cio^^s-road, said,
•'Hurry up lioys, we liavt^ lots of wuik to day." Ua.stily leaving the h;
we W(3rn ui;;rohed rtoutli ;.f the city, a line of liattle f.,rined and builduig of
worki^ commenced. ^Ve worked uutil aboid, :! o'clock aiid sloped to n:ake. c(nTee
iiiid warm up tlie remain.'^ of oiir While Imsy at thi.- we notii'ed a
C(jniriiotioii uj) the line to our left. IjO(dcing in front we .saw as nnigiiiiicent a.
hight as ever witnefised. Hood's army three loie.-^ of battle dee[) advaneing
at (jiiiek .step in prrfeei alignment. A sight n(\(r to ho forgoluii. Idnnirwas
posljioned until after we had entertaimd (an- rtl-el frii):d.-, aijd i hi-y were ii-
cei\ed aeeonling lo the iiihs of war. (iiii- luigade. the I'd id' the. I'd division
oci'ujded tiie I'iglit of I he space bitNwin I'lih.ndda, and Carter Crei k tiike,
the 1st brigade on oni- left, and its htt near tie- tanioiis Carter flouse on the
Cobindiia pike. W'le^n lle'intniy was ni-;ir eiioiiyh, in I'.iel helore our ad-
vanced |dckils could gil in, I he n cepi ion eon. im iie< d. 'i hi.-, roni Mined iint il
long afli>r ilnrk. The iiheh. wm-e pei-.i^tanl , d'-.-peial e, and lirave. 'I'he}' n.ade
cliarjje upon charge and h.'ilid lo li.'m'd lighls. Jt is i me of I lie de.-.pcralc
batl'l(!S now recorded in history, (t was iie;ir <iur righl, where (he i-i'hi I (on.
Pat'. Claiborne in leading a charge rode, up until Hie front feel (d his white-
iuMX! were over our works V\ hen I hey wt I'e hoi h sholdead a' t he .■ anu' lime.
• M'lio f'J'JIh Went into iho light with (it) roiind.s to i ach, they shot these
away and all they could get from the IH;!rd Ithii- a rej_;iMienl in onr rear,
al.'^o seviMul fall bo,\es containing 1 ,000 ca i 1 1 idj.M.s (;ic|i. .\bonl tin o'clock
our regioKMit slole away under lln' co\er of ih.'. dol. re .-vs and ci-o,-..,sivl i he
railroad hridgi! over I he I l.'irpelh ri\ei, llie liinhM! hiiiiiing v, h iln we ci oHscd,
mai<-hed lor ^a,^ll\llll< where we arriv<-il tin' m -.1 moiiiin;', I .'ee. Kl, about ten
o'elo.-k. 'I hat nig 111 wc enleicd (he iMly and look a po.^il ici, ,:asl id l''l.Nea^;ly ami
enjoji^d the lii^t real rest and sleep since leaiing John. (in\ ilh: the 'J'.'.vd of Nov.
'!'hi; regiment remained in cam[> iinlil the I Td h cd' Decendier wlnu we
marched out wiMi tlii^ 'Jltnl army oorps lo juiilicipate in lie great hatlle of
Nanhville, (hat a ,ed anolhir star lo the glilleiing cmwii (d "Old I'ap''
'riioinas, a niilila j.'_eniusol iho t^jie. The posilion of thr "Jnd

brigade llio liist day waa iu hiippoit vt WilsimV (^avnhy until ufienujun wliuu il
begun to piepuro tor other worlc iiiid about six o'clock it i)aiticiiialed in Uiw
grand charge that nwept the enemy from their position and over hill.s, doub-
ling tlieni up so that at night their position wa.s parallel with Granny W'hite'K
pike. In thi^ charge tlu; regiment lost a number of men. The liglit wu.s over
for the day. An incident I will relate that occured hero to show the natural
disposition of boiue t^oldiers to be on the look out for good things lo cat and
tenacity to keep it amidst danger and death, lien. McGrew of Co. A. while
advnnciug on this charge through the tall weeds, caught and f^tuck to a rabbit,
which he had for sujiper. Our lines were formed, LuL not mucli lighting done
tlio l(')tli of Dec., except constant skirmi.sliing by cavalry and extending of the
Union lines southward, until ab(^ul three t)"clock iu the afternoon; then th«s
Union army. made tlu^ir grand and final charge, virtualy ending the battle,
iiood's whole left line was crushed like an egg shell, sending, the rebels, who
were not taken prisnors. Hying across the country t(;ward the Franklin pike,
their only way of retreat. Pursuit was continued until the last of Hood's
army had crossed the Tennessee river. The regiment next pre[jared to lake
the journey to North Carolina to join Gen. yherman's forces and be at the
death of the great rebellion.

Ill closing this article and in justice to Col. Zollinger, I wish to say that
during a recent visit- of the colonel to \Vashingt(ni ho obtauusd from Gen.
Sohollield, commander of the U. S. army, an order relieving him from guard-
ing with his regimeiit the cross-road two miles south of iSpring Hill. Gen.
Scholtield expressed much relief to satisfy himetdf about that matter. lie
remembered giving the (jrder, but in the excitement of the times forgot thorn
and the number of the regiment, and having never he;nd from the command
he had felt uneasy about them ever since.

The 12yth from its first entering the service until its discharge was active
participants in all the loading campaigns and engagements of the southwest,
and materially assisted in the grand round up in North Carolina. Its record is
a part of the history of the state and also Stiniben county, esjjecialy com[jany
A, which fairly won laurels and honored the right of the rogiment.






Tilt! latdc I'oiuiucnc'ud Nov. l*Pird, IKd,'!, a! wliicli tiiin' (uir rrf^nui.iit. was a
part vf IJaivil's ilivisiuu lllli army CH)rj)H, aiul wan licKl iu rc:-crv(j On llial
and th(j day fiillowiii^ Init IJtilc iij^rhtiiig was doiio in llic coiiIat, lu>\vi'vci
Shoruiaii was Imsily c'iiga;^a-d on Iho lolt, and (u i1k' rij^'ht Joe. ilookci' was
uiuking liis nauu' fanjons on liookout Mounlam. W'c walchci! tht: liyht (in
ulie I'igtit (|iiiU' anxiously tlirougli a lirld y;\:i^^ ol C'api. <ialr.-, of oui
couipany. I'lvt-n afu-r darlv wo tioaid soo tlic llasli of ai'nis'of '..mIIi aiinics, as
our men auvanci d aiai the suuitiurin'rri fell batiK.

We wcro sali^liod our flianct; would conic on t!\c third day oi Iho hatik', a.-
botli Udt and li^lit wm^s hail had pkuily of woik and (iiti cinur would luiVf
to tinish tlic jot). Tht! uioi-niny of the Ll.Jlh ilawncd, and alter a hunieil
breakfast Bainl's division was oi-Jei-ed to ihe leti to assist (Jen. in a
charge. 'IMiuTlth led the huriied traijiiiiiiL; ilivision, hut weie halted liy
staff oilieers with 1 lie new.s that (len. Sl.eiuian had not i-(joni to opt rate the
divisions idi'eady at liand. \N'e witi^ tiiiiud haek to Ihe hit of llie t'lndr.
and wjI li eai e kci'p out (d' si;^ht of the I niuny for our health nidi! an npcn
liehl had to he crossed lo r. aeh Ihe^ desired ].or,ili.,n. The Vllh. ui I h the llilh
Ky. and lOih Ind.on its rij^ht foninal in Ihe front line, I lu' I 1th and :;sih
l)liio, tsvo laiL,'e rrf^'inient s, elws(! la^hind us for I hi Second, we pnsscd for-
ward until marly al theto[i ul' a hill called Oi'i^haid Kinh, ami here were;
ordered le) lii^ down and wait for the si|^nal of six j_;uii.s fioni- I'l. WixkI. \\ hde
vvailin^ the si;_;nal the rilail arlillei'y comnn neid t<i shell us. Mand and f^^ravel
v;as plowed up and thidwii iiiUj our faces, hut little actual daina;;e was doiu-.

w\s we ga/ed upward toward the rid};r and tneniy, our Ihou^^hls weri^ l)iisy
wit h th(^ possihilil n s to come. ( )! lor the sij^nal fur a 't ion, at last it is j;iv(n,
the hu;.jle soiinds liu'warti, uji we' .sprin;^^ with UmuI hui'rahs and _\ dls start
forward on a iiiu. Tostoj) or hesitate meant death. .\ lerrihle lire cann'.
from Iheeiieiu}' (Ui Ihe rid;^eas\\c passed I lie old ri hej cant ps at, a speed.
We could not hall here as onleriid for (hialh dealiii;^ mir.ih s \\{\x> eominj'; in
ihiidi and fast. A u ineidtud oceur« d here I lie hoys will reinemher, a shell .struck
and ex|iloded in an old vacati lI rebel shanty huilin;j; Ihe rool' ai;ainst corporal
I a mi'S I'cw , co\ ( rim;' him so com ji lei el y with I he dd.ri.i thai we hid t o e\ i lU'ai e

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